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Dr. Arne Harms will present a paper “The Coast as Crumble Zone: Urban Liquefication, Fortification and Sacrifice” at the Workshop Tangled Coastal Connections: Ethical Tensions in Materialities and Imaginaries, LMU Munich, taking place on Jan 20th and 21st, 2022.

Visiting scholar

Dr. Bisidsha Chaudhuri will be visiting Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale) during May-June 2022 to work on her ideas on digital governance and the everyday state in India.

Dr. Bidisha Chaudhuri is an Associate Professor in the domain of IT and Society at International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), India. She completed her PhD from the South Asia Institute at the Heidelberg University, Germany. The title of her doctoral thesis was Hybridising (e) Governance in India: The Interplay of Politics, Technology and Culture. Her current research interest includes information systems for sustainable development, politics of data and algorithms, political economy of digital identity and sociology of work and automation and AI ethics.

Henriette Herz Scouting Programme

Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) have been appointed as Scout in the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Henriette Herz Scouting Programme. Scouts aim is to identify excellent junior researchers abroad. The focus is on researchers whose academic record qualifies them to be granted a Humboldt Research Fellowship. After formal approval, the fellowships will be granted directly, i.e. an application is not necessary. Fellows receive a scholarship for 24 months (extension is possible) and can also bring family members along.


The Humanities Center at The University of Tokyo (Komaba) held a second seminar in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Riho Isaka (Tokyo University) and Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) – within the DFG-funded project Shaping Asia: Knowledge Production and Circulation – on the 10th of December 2021.

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